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TWO HUNDRED MILES IN TWO DAYS TO HELP END DUCHENNE

Our 2018 Cheshire Dash was a great success with all of our cyclists completing the challenge and beating our fundraising target of £100k, all of which went directly to Duchenne UK.

We're delighted to announce the 2019 Cheshire Dash, a cycling challenge of 200 miles in two days, on 22 and 23 June 2019.  The challenge will once more aim to raise over £100k towards finding a cure for Duchenne, a form of muscular dystrophy that's a killer of young boys.

Will you support us?

For £100 registration you can join us cycling 200 miles in two days through beautiful Cheshire countryside and endeavour to raise £1k in personal sponsorship. It will start and finish in Goostry in the heart of Cheshire and has been planned for both experienced riders and new but determined riders.

Our unique two-day event will include overnight ensuite accommodation at Keele University, food on the route, an evening meal, bike support (including mechanics and first aid cover), a cycling jersey and medal for all riders.  We'll also provide a training plan, scheduled training rides in the run up to the event and endless encouragement and support over the two days. We’ll ensure you receive VIP treatment all the way!

You may want to enter a team to prepare together and encourage each other along the way.  This idea was a great success for many last year.

We've had tremendous support from our business sponsors including Bentley Manchester, Ekoi, Cheshire Dining, Nature's Table, Jacamo and the Co-op, all helping in their own unique ways. If you'd like to join this special group, please let us know.

If you're interested in joining us in any way, please drop us an email at transforminglives6745@gmail.com or to register please CLICK HERE

ABOUT DUCHENNE UK

Six years ago, Emily Crossley, a Co-Founder of Duchenne UK, and her husband were given the worst news possible: That their precious son Eli had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The diagnosis was like a cluster bomb exploding, and it continues to break their hearts each minute of each day. Emily and her husband had a choice on that dark day of diagnosis - to accept the disease and what it will do, or to fight it. They chose to fight.

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, or DMD for short, is an aggressive muscle wasting disease and is the most common genetic killer of children: 2 families a week in the UK are given the news that their son (the disease mainly affects boys) will be wheelchair bound by 11, paralysed by 18 and life expectancy is 20s.

in 6 years Duchenne UK have committed £10million to fund and accelerate the search for treatments and a cure in time for this generation of patients. They helped to kick start a promising gene therapy drug which is now in clinic and being tested on boys. They have an innovative approach to funding, not only do they fund research, but they fund clinical trials. They fund the doctors and nurses in the UK to deliver those trials: and they look at wherever possible, they can accelerate research and work with industry and regulators to get drugs approved.

The science is now at a very exciting point - a point where there is hope, and more than that - belief - that breakthroughs in the last 2 decades will now be able to deliver treatments. They don’t believe in miracles, but they do believe in the life changing power of charities like Transforming Lives for believing in them. Please help us to End Duchenne.

Duchenne UK is a lean, ambitious and highly focused charity with a clear vision: to fund and accelerate treatments and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For more information, please visit their website: www.duchenneuk.org

PICTURES AND FEEDBACK FROM 2018 CHESHIRE DASH

Here's just some of the wonderful feedback we've received and a few photos to give you a sense of what it was like:

“This was an unreal event.  My first and I hope it won’t be my last.  The level of organisation was amazing and as riders we were made to feel valued and motivated”

“Many thanks for giving me the opportunity to participate in the truly wonderful Cheshire Dash 2018.  Having done several cycling sportives charity and non charity ones, it was one of the most enjoyable and well organised rides I have experienced and all for a brilliant cause”

“I was lucky to ride with Nick and Ady in the blue team as part of Team Felix.  They were so motivational and encouraging.  I didn’t think I’d make it all the way round but the team spirit was phenomenal and it just saw me through to complete the whole 200…Something weirdly that I keep getting emotional about.  I’ve taken away so many memories...The anticipation and nerves before the start shaken off by Mike’s calm words, Lisa getting Felix to peddle as hard as he could at the start to see us off, Emily’s speech was so moving my contact lenses nearly fell out, cycling along the River Dee chatting with Mason’s dad about their family and lives, and the friendly face of the tea and coffee man at every stop and the comforting sound of the Bentley following us"

“My sincere appreciation and gratitude for organising the Dash, it has been a wonderful experience and I count myself to be very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in it.  Because of this event, I decided to give cycling a try which I hadn’t done before and had no idea how much I would enjoy it.  Meeting the people on this ride was a life enriching experience”

“It was one of the most enjoyable and uplifting experiences I’ve had.  The support thought the weekend was incredible.  From the moment that we arrived to our departure, the support from all involved was first class.  All the volunteers, team captains, medics, the drivers and all involved at the rest stations couldn’t have done more"

“The link that you created to the charity throughout the training journey was truly inspirational.  Even at the event the way that you inspired us all through the briefings and through Emily’s speech on the evening of day 1.  I know it was that speech that kept me on my saddle for the 200 miles even up the toughest of hills.  I lost two of my friends to Duchenne over 20 years ago and I too think they were giving me a push up the hills"

And to hear more about Duchenne UK, here's a link to a film that was published for 2018 https://youtu.be/VMZirVcQlFM